Full Moon in Pisces

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On September 6th the full moon will be in the sign of Pisces. I’m a believer that the signs can sway human behavior, but not define it. I also find it quite magical to follow the phases of the moon and see what sign they are at in their new and full phases.

The new moon is usually representative of the lunar energy when it is just beginning, and the full moon is representative of the lunar energy at its peak. So the full moon is a perfect time to set intentions and connect with these cosmic energies that are greater than ourselves. New moons, on the other hand, are ideal for letting go of everything that no longer serves you, to be washed away by the night.

Pisces is a water sign. It’s the sign of communication, compassion, and gentleness. As such, this full moon could be a chance for us to reconnect with the softer side of ourselves that we have perhaps been neglecting.

I always like doing little rituals during the new and full moon, it makes those nights more special. An example of a ritual could be something so simple as lighting a candle, giving thanks to God or the universe for all the blessings in your life, and saying a small prayer of reverence to pour out some positive energy into the world.

You can also take advantage of the full moon to set some intentions and goals for your life, such as being kinder and more patient, or anything else that you would like to see accomplished or manifested. Whatever you decide to do, may it be a magical night.

Happy Full Moon everybody ❤

Namasté

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La Fantasía Natural… #escritores

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La naturaleza siempre me ha cautivado. Desde pequeña, solía perderme en el encanto del bosque, e imaginarme que hablaba con los árboles, o que conectaba con su espíritu de alguna manera. Siempre he tenido inclinaciones místicas. Y la naturaleza representaba para mi una especie de conexión entre este mundo y el que está más allá, el mundo que no se puede percibir con los sentidos.

Solía tomar largas caminatas, con cuaderno y pluma en mano, y me adentraba en los senderos de Cerro Azul de Panamá, uno de los lugares más bellos de nuestro país y al que me arrepiento no poder ir más seguido. En estas caminatas secretas, le pedía al “espíritu del bosque” que me acompañara en mi andar. Sentía como el bosque cobraba vida después de esto, se volvía más real, sentí que estaba rodeada de presencias más sutiles que no podía percibir completamente, pero que sabía que estaban ahí.

Luego encontraba algún lugar, cerca de un riachuelo, o en frente de una gran piedra, quizás, y me sentaba a escribir lo que se me viniera a la cabeza. Muchas veces escribía poesía. Otras veces, hacía pequeños ritos internos, nuevamente invitando a la naturaleza a participar en mi peculiar mundo interior. Regresaba a casa momentos después, llena hasta el tope de mi alma de satisfacción, de paz interior. Eran momentos mágicos.

La naturaleza y el mito siempre han estado, y estarán, relacionados. Los mitos son recuentos de percepciones de la humanidad de épocas pasadas que ya no logramos recordar, interpretaciones de sucesos que ocurrían en tiempos cuando el ser humano estaba más conectado con el mundo natural.

Quizá por eso me gusta tanto la fantasía, aunque ya no tanto la comercial, esa que se vende en las grandes librerías y que se publica sólo para hacer dinero, sino la fantasía de verdad, aquella con esencia, conectada a los misterios del mundo natural y también a aquel otro mundo que no se puede percibir con los sentidos. Fantasía real, y aunque esto suene contradictorio, no lo es. Fantasía esencial. Aquella fantasía rica en mito y anclada en la verdad de la mística de la naturaleza, que también está íntimamente relacionada al alma humana.

Hoy me puse a pensar cuál es mi propósito como escritora. Porque se tiene que tener un propósito, más allá de querer escribir simplemente porque le llena a uno. Tiene que haber una razón más allá de nuestros propios deseos personales. Y no estaba segura… pero ahora, pensando en esto, empiezo a divinar un camino.

Un propósito más allá de mi misma: La creación de fantasía natural. Suena abstracto, pero es un comienzo. Más que un comienzo, siento que empiezo a conectar nuevamente con ese mundo que siempre he sentido, intuitivamente, que está allí, y que he tratado de plasmar en mis relatos fantásticos, en mi poesía, en todo lo que he escrito que he sentido que es de verdad.

La fantasía natural es de verdad. Es aquella que se encuentra en los límites del mundo físico y meta-físico, la mística que rodea la naturaleza, que envuelve el alma humana en su más íntima guarida. Y se puede llegar a alcanzar, por más efímero que sea éste contacto, o por más burda que sea la reflexión a lado de este mundo sutil.

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The List of Temptations and how I fell into the gravest one

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Simone Weil, a french philosopher, mystic, and political activist, penned a list of temptations that she had identified as ever present within herself. She read this list to herself every morning to avoid falling into the traps of the human condition that lie latent inside every one of us.

Here is the list:

  1. Temptation of Idleness (by far the strongest): Never surrender to the flow of time or put off what you have decided to do.
  2. Temptation of the inner life: Deal only with those difficulties which actually confront you and allow yourself those feelings which are actually called upon for effective use or else are required by thought for the sake of inspiration. Cut away ruthlessly everything that is imaginary in your feelings. 
  3. Temptation of self-immolation: Subordinate to external affairs and people everything that is subjective, but never the subject itself — i.e. your judgment. Never promise and never give to another more than you would demand from yourself if you were he.
  4. Temptation to dominate
  5. Temptation of perversity: Never react to an evil in such a way as to augment it.
  6. Refuse to be an accomplice. Don’t lie–don’t keep your eyes shut…

Yesterday I ate some bad carbonara for lunch. And by 3pm I was feeling the effects of it on my digestive system. I was sick and nauseous, and an hour later I threw up. I’m currently seven months pregnant, so add this in to the mix and I was feeling pretty down. After throwing up I started to feel better, but knew I should probably rest up and not work anymore that day.

So I lay down in my bed with a good book and relaxed for the rest of the afternoon and night until I went to sleep. But deep in the back of my head I was also dealing with this nagging feeling… I was blaming myself for resting because I felt I was being undisciplined.

I had decided to skip my afternoon writing session so I could rest and relax and recover from my upset stomach, but all along I was thinking about Simone Weil’s list of temptations and wondering whether or not I was falling into the first one, the temptation of idleness. Was I perhaps using my upset stomach as an excuse to not sit down and write? Was I making an obstacle out of it in order to get out from mentally exerting myself?

I decided that no, I am pregnant and I need to rest. Period. And it was the right decision at the time, because today I woke up feeling fine and could take on all my work and fulfill all the duties I had lined out for me in my schedule.

But I wasn’t exactly delirious or being overly critical of myself yesterday. Because for the longest time, before I got pregnant and regained some order into my life, I used to skirt my duties or put them off. I would evade responsibility. I know I have that demon inside of me… the temptation of idleness. I have lived through it and am aware of it, and I can say that productivity, being busy (business) and creative activity are so much more rewarding for the soul and mind. But if I hadn’t gotten pregnant, I don’t know if I would have cleaned up my act.

Perhaps I’ll go into detail about those dark years of my life sometime in the future, but for now suffice it to say that I am not proud of myself for being idle, and since I was so familiar once with this temptation, I am worried that a misstep will cause me to fall back into it… That’s why I’m being so consciouss of my schedule now and of keeping up with all my obligations to the best of my abilities. I am training myself and re-wiring my brain and the way I do things.

But when I get sick, I have to remind myself that it’s okay to be sick and rest… and that this doesn’t necessarily mean I am backsliding into my old habits. Especially when the next day I am able to wake up refreshed and ready to tackle a full day’s worth of work.

I also especially like how Weil described the second temptation, the temptation of inner life. People get so wrapped up in their own extraneous or made-up feelings, and it really creates a whole lot of internal drama and conflict that aren’t necessary for life. It’s draining. Worrying about what people think of you, or musing about your own failings and insecurities, or worse, day-dreaming about upcoming days of grandeur, all take you away from the present-life and what you must accomplish day to day, which is more real and important than all of those imaginary feelings.

I think this is something that we can all work on. The entire humanity would be better off and way more drama-free if everyone actively tried to focus on feelings that served external life, or esle that served truly inspired, creative thoughts and actions.

Bottom line is I learned to forgive myself for resting, recognizing it was the right choice at the moment, but I am also keeping an eye on myself. I am making sure to meditate each day, because I have found that this does wonders for my balance. I am way less prone to irritation and more patient and overall a kinder, gentler person when I meditate each day. And I am also keeping track of my internal life. The temptations Weil described will always be there, but we can be vigilant of them and of ourselves.

And with a little help and a-lot of patience, we can learn to keep them at bay.

Bumps in the road… Reflections on my #nonfiction #spirituality #book

Punta Franca, Pedasí, Panamá 

So I’m writing a non-fiction book on spirituality that I have decided to self-publish. I just want to write it and get it out in the world and let it reach who it will through karma and destiny. I’m not planning on doing a whole promotion and marketing strategy like I did with my first self-published book (a novel), and neither do I want to pursue traditional publishing because frankly, I don’t think it’s the right approach to this book. I just want to see it grow and set it free, regardless of whether it makes any money or not. Money, when it comes to this book, is the last thing on my mind.

It turns out, however, that setting this book free is harder than I thought it would be. The book is inside me, I know it is. It’s pulsating and gestating and waiting for the proper time to get out… but I’m having trouble with it. I wrote the introduction in one sitting, and that was good. I knew exactly what I wanted to say and how to say it, and knew how to broach the subject almost without thinking about it too much, feeling it come out of me intuitively.

The second chapter… not so much. To be specific, I’ve been sitting on it for the past month and a half, unable to face the screen to get those words out. The chapter is titled On Meditation.

I’ve been a meditator for close to 5 years now. An inconstant one, but a meditator nonetheless. There have been periods in my life where I meditated for two hours every day, not all in one sitting but spaced throughout the day. I’ve had breakthroughs, I’ve had experiences during my meditations. I’ve felt the underlying peace of the higher self during these moments… if only for a second. I’m familiar with the subject.

But the truth is, I haven’t been meditating all that much for the past year or so. And I think this has everything to do with my block when it comes to writing on this subject. I have a-lot of knowledge I could write about, a-lot of theory on meditation and how it works and several different practices that people can apply to their lives. But I want this chapter to be more than that.

I want the chapter not to just be a set of instructions, but a living breathing testament of the power of meditation in my own life, and the power it can have on the lives of every individual. And for that to happen, I need to get into it again, really get into it thoroughly and genuinely.

I’m coming back to it slowly and learning to love meditation again. I’m meditating every morning each day more consistently, and I have even meditated some days during the nights and after lunch. I’m working my way back into the practice… but I still don’t feel ready to write about it. Perhaps I should just sit down and write whatever I think, know and feel about meditation in a stream-of-consciousness exercise (sort of what I’m doing right now). Maybe that’s the way to go, maybe that will help me to unblock this subject. I don’t know.

I had kind of a rough experience with a group of “spiritual” people last year and I’m slowly recovering from it (hint: they weren’t really spiritual, they just liked to talk a-lot about stuff that they were convinced they understood). It made me want to surround myself with people that were the opposite of them, people that didn’t really care a-lot about these subjects and cared more about living, working, socializing, etc. What some would call “normal” people (although nobody is normal. What’s normal, anyways?)

And it helped. It grounded me, and in reality these people had a-lot less issues, and some of them were even more morally and spiritually advanced (though they don’t think about it) than others who are focused on gathering spiritual knowledge every day.

But soon enough I learned that I personally do need direct contact with the spiritual world. I cannot just live to work, even though I love my work. I cannot live to build relationships, even though I am so grateful for the friends and family I have in my life. I need something more. And so now that I have regained my distance from toxicity, and grounded myself through the noble perspective of the earthy, I am slowly returning to my roots.

And the chapter is still there, lingering inside my mind. Waiting. Waiting for my return. And I shall be there. I shall be there soon… The way is open to anyone whose will is sincere.

My Esoteric Education, How I became and Anthroposophist, and How to Know Higher Worlds 


It’s one of those nights again where I can’t get any sleep. I’ve been thinking about this lately and decided to use this time under the disappointingly clouded night-sky to type it all down. Heeereeee it goes:

I was re-introduced to esoterism at the age of 14. I say reintroduced because I’m sure I’ve studied it before, in my past lives. I was raised Protestant Christian (my mother’s influence on the household) in a Catholic country, with a non-practicing Catholic father. I grew up religious. I read a lot of fantasy books growing up, a lot of epic novels. I played a lot of sports (still do so). I was a normal kid with a happy, healthy life.

The shift came when my first boyfriend lent me a few of his books on Metaphysics.

There was one fundamental idea in those books that changed the way I looked at things, and it was this: There’s another reality beyond the physical reality that we can approach in the form of ideas, and when we engage with these ideas, new neural pathways are formed in the brain, which in turn influences how we behave, which directly affects our reality. In other words, our thoughts create our reality.

He also lent me a book called The Kybalion: Hermetic Philosophy about the seven principles of existence. The Kybalion was authored by the “Three Initiates” (whoever they are), and its seven principles of existence are:

1. Mentalism: The ALL is MIND—The Universe is mental.

2. Correspondence: As above, so below, as below so above.

3. Vibration: Nothing rests, everything moves, everything vibrates.

4. Polarity: Everything is Dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet, all truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled.

5. Rhythm: Everything flows, all things rise and fall.

6. Cause and Effect: Every Cause has its Effect; every Effect has its Cause; everything happens according to Law; Chance is but a name for Law not recognized; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the Law.

7. Gender: Everything has its masculine and feminine principles, gender manifests on ALL planes.

I started viewing the world through the lens of these seven principles of existence and saw that it was true—these are the laws of reality.

About a year later, a friend invited me to a philosophical organization with strong theosophical inclinations. It was in this school that I was introduced to Madame Blavatsky. I read all of her Isis Unveiled, which is a torrent of information. It was during this time that I also started reading Plato and studying all different kinds of religions.

A guy from this school was studying Blavatsky’s cosmogenesis (the creation of the cosmos) from her Secret Doctrine. While doing so he had come across some research regarding Anthropogenesis (the creation of mankind) from an Austrian philosopher called Rudolf Steiner.

This guy told me that Rudolf Steiner thought that before understanding the creation of the world it was imperative that we understand the creation of man, because the cosmos is so complex that we cannot firmly grasp how it’s built before understanding ourselves first. This, he told me, was only one of the many ideological differences between Theosophy and Anthroposophy, the esoteric movement founded by Rudolf Steiner… another main difference being that Rudolf Steiner believed that man could become an initiate without necessarily having a guru to guide him every step of the way.

I was intrigued, but not enough to start my own research on the subject.

When I turned 17 I dropped out of the organization, mainly because I felt it was infringing on my freedom and because I wasn’t willing to accept their dogma. The guy who had introduced me to Rudolf Steiner also dropped out because of ideological differences. I ended up marrying him 5 years later, actually. His name is Miguel (Michael in Spanish).

Around the time I turned 18, Miguel went on a business trip to Argentina and came back with a present to me: the book An Outline of Occult Science by Rudolf Steiner.

He wasn’t studying Anthroposophy, but he saw this book on his visit to the library and was reminded of what he’d read about Steiner. He knew that Occult Science was one of Steiner’s major works, and that I had been talking a lot about human freedom and about the idea that we don’t necessarily need a guru to become enlightened, that we could find out the truth for ourselves. So Miguel bought it for me thinking I would resonate with the material.

I read it… and it was dense. Even for me, who had read Isis Unveiled. But from the little I understood, I knew something was there. And I continued to be intrigued. Very intrigued. Here was an occultist who was taking an entirely new approach to this kind of knowledge, a western approach. I had studied so much eastern spirituality that this was refreshing. This man was a scientist. He was logical, not mystical.

I read some of Steiner’s other books, including The Fifth Gospel, several times during the course of three years. I also read some of his lectures.

The understanding of Steiner’s Fifth Gospel led to a profound and very emotional return to Christianity for me, which I had abandoned at 14 when I first started studying esotericism and accepted all religions as truth. In a way, Steiner helped me rediscover my faith. But even though I admired him immensely as an occultist and I gave credit to his work for my return to Christianity, I didn’t consider myself an anthroposophist.

Then, quite accidentally, I stumbled upon a book in college that once again changed things for me entirely. I was 21 years old at the time.

I remember the class, Maritime Law. The professor was droning on and on about things that were already in the textbook, so I zoned out and started surfing the Internet with the campus’s free WiFi on my MAC while pretending to take notes.

I went to amazon.com and typed ‘Rudolf Steiner’ in the search box, and started scrolling. I saw a book with a pretty cool drawing, very impressionist in my opinion, and I clicked on it.

How to Know Higher Worlds

Hmm.

I googled the book. There was a free .pdf available. I started reading immediately.

The book stirred a deep vocation in me for the Spirit. This was the path! This is the manual, the guide. Finally I found it, a Path of Initiation into the Mysteries that I could follow and also profoundly understand.

And it was a noble path. The first chapter speaks of cultivating Reverence, or deep admiration for everything that is true and good and beautiful. Deep admiration for those powers and forces who are superior to us and who seek to guide us into the truth. It also speaks of loving your neighbor, of working for the world, of being of service to others.

As I said, I am a kid who grew up on stories like Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, epic brave fantasy novels. This means I grew up aware of the fight of good versus evil and of the importance of heroic, virtuous acts. For me How To Know Higher Worlds is the path of the JEDI.

If I liked Rudolf Steiner before, this book took it to a whole other level. From that point on, I started downloading, buying, and reading Steiner e-books on my amazon kindle e-reader. I basically read everything on the market.

All of this led me to become an anthroposophist. Not suddenly, but gradually, after prolonged thought and inner questioning about whether this was the philosophy I wanted to follow the rest of my life. And it was. I remember the day I declared it to myself: “I am an anthroposophist”.

I have read HTKHW easily more than 15 times in the span of the last 4 years (I am 25 now). I pick it up and read through it about every four months or so.

The book feels different every time I pick it up. Or I’m in a different mood, or something. Sometimes I read new sections with an expanded comprehension. Other times I unravel things I hadn’t understood, or thought I understood but really didn’t. One time, even, I read over an entire three pages of information that I had totally glazed over before. And good information, too, about the etheric currents surrounding our bodies and hands.

My relationship with this book keeps evolving. I follow the exercises, but not perfectly. There’s a part in the book where Steiner says that what matters isn’t that we’re perfect, but that we always have the intention of striving towards the Spirit and of working on ourselves honestly. That’s what I try to do, every day.

As for the clairvoyance?

Well, there’s another part in the book where it says that if we still don’t understand what we’re seeing, then the less we try to define it to ourselves or explain it to others, the better. That way we don’t form judgments and our mind remains flexible for when we absorb more information in the future, and start seeing the whole picture and are able to understand it all.

Also, the desire for clairvoyance, to want to be clairvoyant just for the sake of seeing stuff in the spiritual worlds, is a selfish desire and the higher powers constantly retreat from it. In other words, the more you want it, the more you’ll be denied it. You have to focus on the exercises because you want to develop yourself and be of service to the world. The clairvoyance is secondary.

As a hypothetical example, let’s say that I possess some form of clairvoyance, however rudimentary or dim. If I admitted it publicly it would serve little more than boasting, and the emotion behind this boasting would be pride. As a result of this pride, the perception would retreat. Perhaps for days, even weeks. That’s just how it works.

If I could condense the entire practical wisdom of this book in 4 exercises, they would be the following:

1. OBSERVATION: Observe yourself and others. Detach yourself from your opinions and study the world as objectively as possible.

2. MEDITATION: Retreat into the spiritual worlds. Make time in your day where you separate the essential from the inessential, the transcendental (Spirit) versus the untrascendental (Form).

3. CONTEMPLATION: Think about your actions, your feelings, and your thoughts. Judge yourself fairly, from a third person perspective. If you can’t judge yourself with honesty, how will you grow?

4. REVERENCE: Devotion to higher forces, concepts, principles, truths. Continuous attention and focus on everything virtuous and worthy of respect.

There are also practical exercises like the observation of plants, stones, animals, sounds, conversations, and human activity to develop clairvoyant faculties, as well as an in-depth explanation of all of the soul qualities necessary to develop the throat and heart chakras so that they start rotating and we can actively participate in greater currents of energy. The Buddha’s eightfold path actually fully develops one of these two chakras, I can’t remember which.

In conclusion, How To Know Higher Worlds is not only my favorite book, but also the one that has had the most impact in my life as a spiritual seeker, and definitely the book that led me to declaring myself an anthroposophist. It is the manual that I hope to continue to use until the moment of my death, and I hope to absorb and interiorize as many truths from it as possible to take with me to my next life.

I’m starting to realize other people don’t necessarily think the same way I do. I know this sounds foolish, but it’s the truth. For example, I’m starting to realize that maybe some people don’t even think about their next lives, or what they want to take over from this life into the next one. For some people the term ‘occultism’ might even cause discomfort. Or pupilhood, or initiates or even mysteries.

Since I spent my entire adolescence familiarizing myself with these terms, and also terms like guru, master and discipleship; terms taken out of the traditional esoteric schools of wisdom that originated in ancient times, these terms don’t cause me any kind of discomfort, but I’m starting to emotionally understand that others might have different approaches to this. So I ask you to please try to understand from my point of view what it was like, just like I will try to understand yours.

In contrast, Steiner’s whole approach to esotericism initially struck me as very ‘laissez-faire’. But it was a difference that I quickly grew to love as I became more aware of what initiation meant on the western path. Just to illustrate –

This was my experience of the concept of initiation with theosophy:

Teacher: The only path of initiation into the mysteries is through a guru, through the path of discipleship. Blavatsky had her gurus, Koot Hoomi and Lord Moria, and we have to work on ourselves and wait patiently for a master to appear and lead the way.

This was my experience of the concept of initiation with anthroposophy:

Steiner: Hey, girl. You’ve been reading through my stuff and I’ve noticed you’re interested in the path of initiation into the mysteries. Want some tools so you can get to know them yourself?

Me: Yeah! Cool!

Steiner: Okay. I’m going to tell you because you deserve it. But you have to use this knowledge for good and not for selfish reasons. And I’m not your master. I won’t ever tell you what to do, that’s up to you. But I am your friend. (introduces How To Know Higher Worlds)

Me: Wow. Thanks, you rock.

And the book slowly started to change things. Which I will not go into now.

As to my status as an ‘occult pupil’, or an active seeker of the Spirit, or an aspirant to the mysteries, or an esoteric scholar, or a JEDI, or you get what I’m saying… as to how I’m doing in THAT field…

I’m one of the kids in the back of the room getting into trouble instead of focusing on the class, which is such a shame because I could be an A+ student but instead I’m just scraping by with C’s. That’s my status. And I’m okay with it, because hey, at least I know the material well enough that I’m not flunking.

An Angel Speaks

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O if you knew how your countenance
is changed, when in the midst
of that pure gaze which can unite you with me
Your hold upon yourself is lost
And you turn away.

Just as a landscape in clear light
May suddenly cloud over, do you close
Yourself against me, and I have to wait
And wait in silence, often long.
And if I were like you a human being
The pain of disdained love would kill me.

But since the Father has given me unending patience
I wait for you unshaken
and expectant, whenever it may be you come.
And even this gentle reproach
Take not as reproach—only as a pure message.

One must not be crazy.

So there are people out there who talk about us and say, ‘Oh, the anthroposophists are crazy!’ As a matter of fact, what one can least of all afford to be in order to reach anything at all in the spiritual world is to be crazy.

One must not be crazy in the very slightest degree if one hopes to attain something in the spiritual world. Being a tiny bit crazy is a hindrance to attaining anything. This must be avoided. One must not be the slightest bit crotchety or moody.

If you want to make headway in the field of Anthroposophy there is nothing for it but to have an absolutely sane head and an absolutely sane heart. Raving about something is already starting to go crazy, and this way you will achieve nothing.

– Rudolf Steiner, ‘An excercise in Karmic Insight’

We are what we think

As explained by Rudolf Steiner
From the Lecture: “Behind the Scenes of External Events, part 2”

“In their souls, human beings more and more come to resemble the thought, to resemble that which they regard as knowledge. This will seem a strange truth to the modern mind, but it is so, nevertheless. (…)

For example; to regard Darwinism as the one and only valid conception of the world, believing the only possible truth to be that man descends from the animals–that I descend entirely from forces which also produce the animals… such thoughts, in our age, tend to make the soul resemble its own conceptions of itself.

When the body is discarded, the soul is then confronted with the sorry fate of having to perceive its resemblance with its own thought! A man who lives in the physical body believing that animal forces alone were at work in his evolution, fashions for himself a kind of consciousness in which he will perceive his own likeness to animal nature.

It is ordained that in times to come, what the human considers himself to BE, that he will BECOME.”

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“What man thinks himself to BE, that he is obliged to BECOME… This is a truth that was destined, after the great changes in the nineteenth century, to find its way to men. The human being must be voluntarily anything that he can be really; he must be able to think about his own being if he is to be truly himself in his life of soul.”

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“Spirits of darkness, who oppose Man’s destiny, inspired human beings to announce the following: ‘Man is what he eats’. And although this is not, in theory, widely acknowledged, the practical conduct of life amounts very nearly to being an acknowledgement of the principle that man is what he eats–that and nothing else.”

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“If it is true that in yonder world man becomes what he has pictured himself to be, then something else is also true. For example: A man dies, leaving relatives behind him. Although thought may not be entirely lacking in these relatives, they may be materialistically minded, and then, quite inevitably, they will think either that the dead man is decaying in the grave or that what exists of him is preserved in the urn.

THIS THOUGHT IS A REAL POWER. It is an untruth. When those left behind think that the dead man is no longer there; this thought is real and actual in the souls of those who form it. And the dead man is aware of this thought-reality, is aware of its significance for him.

It is therefore a matter of fundamental importance whether those left behind cherish in their souls the thought of The Dead living on in the spiritual world, or whether they instead succumb to the woeful idea that the dead man… well, he is dead; he lies there decaying in the grave.”

– Zurich, 13 November, 1917